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Presidential transition: One woman's first 120 days
by Davis, Margaret Holzel, Ph.D., Indiana State University, 2011, 187; 3453902
Abstract (Summary)

This is a phenomenological study of the presidential transition of a woman who is beginning her first presidency of an independent college. The focus of the study is on the pre-transition period, from the time she accepted the position, through her first 120 days in office. Research for this study took place during the first 120 days of the new presidency. Semi-structured interviews, the president's calendar, as well as archival data and meeting minutes are used to construct the story of how a new woman president makes meaning of her transition. Transition preparation and the first 120 days of the presidency are keys to the success of a new president. This study can be used to inform potential candidates for a presidency, as well as search firms and boards of trustees as they plan and conduct a search. Elements of the study have implications for eventual presidential transition. Incoming presidents may find value in having an opportunity to pause and reflect on their actions as the transition progresses. In the case of the trustees, the study will also help them to consider the issues and support needed during the actual transition period.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Joshua B.
Commitee: Libler, Rebecca W., Smith, Laura
School: Indiana State University
Department: Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 72/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Educational leadership, Womens studies
Keywords: First-time, President, Presidential transition, Transition, Woman, Women administrators
Publication Number: 3453902
ISBN: 978-1-124-62480-8
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